Golden Mosaic was written with the St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church carillon in mind. The main harmonic language comes from the chord progression to The Strife is O’er by Palestrina, which was on the first concert for the St. Chrysostom carillon. Within this material, I wanted to utilize the natural sounding minor 3rd overtones in the bells to construct chords, mixed in with other pitch material deriving from the harmonic series expanded from each chord, which was to represent the honey-tongued smooth talking of John Chrysostom (i.e. getting the bells to speak as naturally and smoothly as possible). The rhythmic material is inspired by bees buzzing around, the interlocking of a beehive, and also the tight-knit patterns of the John Chrysostom mosaic. All of this imagery exudes gold.
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Commissioned by St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church for their 125th anniversary.
Premiere: September 16, 2018 by Kimberley Schafer at St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL.